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Monday, July 25th, 2022

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Ampaire’s hybrid-electric EEL flies record-breaking 1,135 miles nonstop

Los Angeles-based Ampaire has announced the successful completion of an 1,880-statute-mile mission from Los Angeles to Oshkosh in Wisconsin. The journey included a record-breaking 1,135 non-stop flight for an electric-hybrid aircraft between Mojave in California and Hays in Kansas on July 21.

Compared to a standard Cessna Skymaster, the EEL produced fuel savings of approximately 40%. The EEL is a parallel hybrid, having one conventional combustion engine and an independent electric drivetrain. Optimised hybrid electric aircraft aim to offer substantially higher fuel savings and consequently reduced emissions’ reductions.

“By the time the EEL returns to California it will have flown more miles than any hybrid-electric aircraft, over 15,000, including airline demonstration flights in Hawaii and the UK. It is flying with great reliability and demonstrating the workhorse nature of hybrid-electric aircraft,” noted Dr. Susan Ying, Ampaire’s SVP of Global Partnerships. “We are taking the technology and expertise developed with the electrical EEL and applying it to our first commercial product, the hybrid-electric nine-seat Eco Caravan regional aircraft, which will make its first flight later this year. That aircraft will demonstrate fuel savings up to 70% and emissions’ reductions up to 100% when using sustainable aviation fuel.”

Ampaire was formed in 2016 with a mission to become a leading developer of practical, compelling electric aircraft. The company is upgrading existing passenger aircraft to hybrid-electric power – the most rapid and efficient approach to making commercial electric air travel a reality with available technology.


Condor renews fleet with Airbus A320neo family

German Airline Condor Flugdienst GmbH has selected the A320neo family to modernise its single-aisle fleet. The agreement will cover 41 aircraft, via lease and via direct purchase. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney engines.

"After we will have replaced our entire long-haul fleet with state-of-the-art two-litre aircraft by the beginning of 2024, it is the logical next step for us to modernise our short- and medium-haul fleet as well. With our new A320neo and A321neo aircraft, we are consistently developing our fleet and ourselves as a company and also taking care of our own aspiration to enable responsible and at the same time comfortable travel with significantly reduced CO2 emissions, significantly lower fuel consumption and less noise," says Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor.

Rolls-Royce and Vietjet sign TotalCare agreement for Trent 700 engines

Rolls-Royce and Vietnamese airline VietJet have signed a TotalCare service agreement for Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines that will power ten Airbus A330ceo aircraft.

The agreement is the execution of the memorandum of understanding that was signed in Edinburgh last year and will provide the airline with predictability and reliability for the services and maintenance.

As Rolls-Royce’s flagship service offering, TotalCare covers off-wing repair and overhaul and is designed to provide operational certainty for customers by transferring time on wing and maintenance cost risk back to Rolls-Royce. It will also deliver enhanced aircraft availability thanks to Rolls-Royce’s in-depth engine knowledge that draws on our advanced engine health monitoring.


Embraer's E195-E2 makes debut touchdown at London City Airport

After departing the Farnborough Airshow, Embraer’s latest aircraft, the E195-E2, made its debut landing at London’s iconic City Airport (LCY), demonstrating the aircraft’s steep approach capability. The visit, in anticipation of the aircraft’s certification for steep approach into London City at the end of this year, included ground handling tests and other preparations for the aircraft’s first scheduled flight into LCY, expected shortly after certification.

The visit demonstrates the importance Embraer places on being able to offer LCY capability to airlines with the E195-E2. The E190-E2 began operations into LCY in September 2021. The airport is a vital component of London’s wider connectivity and Embraer aircraft are uniquely able to manage the challenges of LCY operations. Embraer aircraft account for 85% of all LCY operations on routes as diverse as Edinburgh and Mykonos.

The aircraft, the largest in the E2 family, seating up to 146 passengers, was flown into LCY on a 39% blend of sustainable aviation fuel . Embraer’s test aircraft, featuring the eye-catching black and gold TechLion livery, was welcomed with the traditional water salute from London City Airport’s fire service.


BOC Aviation places six Airbus A320neo aircraft with JetSMART Airlines

BOC Aviation has announced the placement of six Airbus A320neo aircraft with South American ultra-low-cost carrier JetSMART Airlines SpA (JetSMART). All six aircraft are powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® PW1100G-JM engines and are scheduled for delivery in 2024.

"We are excited to work with BOC Aviation in the management of our fleet plans towards becoming the ultra-low-cost carrier in South America" said Matt Bernier, CFO of JetSMART.

APOC partners with Willis Lease Finance for 737-800 teardown

APOC Aviation is collaborating with Willis Aviation Services Limited (WASL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Willis Lease Finance (Willis Lease) in APOC’s first part-out project to take place at its Teesside Airport facility in the UK. The B737-800 airframe was acquired by APOC through leading Dutch asset investment manager, Arena Aviation Capital. APOC has signed a framework agreement for this and future teardowns at Teesside Airport with the experienced end-of-life solutions provider, WASL.

Jasper van den Boogaard, VP Airframe Acquisition & Trading at APOC, explains that active project management and close cooperation is key for the successful completion of a project of this type. “We highly value the services provided by WASL and its specialist part-out team. The project has run very smoothly from the start, and we are working closely with the team onsite. Our full involvement at all times means that our customers can benefit from acquiring parts directly from the project.”


Rex is growing its SAAB 340 fleet

Rex has taken delivery of another SAAB 340 turboprop, further bolstering its fleet of aircraft operating to regional and rural destinations in every State in Australia.

The 34-seat aircraft, registered VH-ZPO, arrived in Australia from the United States on July 20 and will enter service once final engineering and regulatory checks have been completed.

Rex’s Chief Operating Officer, Neville Howell, said, “The aircraft’s deployment will assist in our growth strategy which has already resulted in significant capacity increases from July 4, on 11 key regional routes in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.”

Ryanair reaches five-year agreements with Spanish and French pilot unions

Ryanair has welcomed the ballot approval by its Spanish based pilots on post-COVID pay restoration, which follows the recent acceptance by its French-based pilots of a similar agreement. These agreements with the SEPLA (Spain) and SNPL (France) unions deliver accelerated pay restoration and future improvements to pay in each year up to March 2027.

This year the airline will grow to 115% of its pre-COVID capacity and is prioritising the early restoration of pay for its people through these re-negotiated agreements to keep jobs secure and to have a foundation for growth. These new accelerated deals also provide for pay enhancements and other benefits beyond full restoration of pay for Ryanair’s Spanish- and French-based pilots over five years to March 2027.

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